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The Literature of the Arminian ControversyReligion, Politics and the Stage in the Dutch Republic$
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Freya Sierhuis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198749738

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749738.001.0001

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Poets on the Offensive

Poets on the Offensive

Coster’s Academy and the Staging of Iphigenia

(p.98) 3 Poets on the Offensive
The Literature of the Arminian Controversy

Freya Sierhuis

Oxford University Press

Taking as its backdrop the growing polarization within the Dutch Republic, and Amsterdam’s increasing predominance as a mainstay of the Contra-Remonstrant party, Chapter 3 discusses the foundation of the Republic’s first public theatre by Samuel Coster, a venue which effectively functioned as the focal point of a group of writers united by their Remonstrant sympathies, and support for the policy of the States of Holland. Offering a new analysis of the Academy’s most notorious play, Samuel Coster’s tragedy Iphigenia, it is shown how Coster’s exploitation of the classical exemplum of child-sacrifice ties in seamlessly with earlier anti-Calvinist rhetoric, while at the same time, by forging a metaphorical link between predestination, child-sacrifice, and the persecution of heretics, unfolds and exposes what had been articulated obliquely, or merely hinted at, in earlier pamphlet polemics.

Keywords:   Amsterdam, Nederduytsche Academie, Coster, Samuel, satire, Iphigeneia, natural law, Grotius, Hugo, Hebrew Republic, Uytenbogaert, Johannes

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